January 15, 2014 â€“ Hoboken, N.J. â€“ Art and sport come together this month at theBarsky GalleryÂ in Hoboken, where â€œArtâ€™s Salute to Footballâ€ welcomes visitors with an exhibit celebrating Americaâ€™s greatest game.
The exhibit, which runs from January 25 through February 8, 2014, aims to connect the local art community with the more than 100,000 Super Bowl fans expected to descend upon the area. The gameâ€™s defining feature, the humble football, becomes a canvas for the artist to embellish, adorn, and otherwise enhance, creating reimagined sculptures that resonate with football and art enthusiasts alike.
â€œThis exhibit features some incredible works of art, each one unique despite all starting with a basic foundation: the football,â€ says gallery owner Al Barsky. â€œIt is such a pleasure to showcase the work of talented local artists in this fun exhibit that we hope will draw the interest of community members and the many athletes, media, fans, and others visiting our region for Super Bowl XLVIII.â€
Barsky Gallery will also feature the work of former NY Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin as he makes his return to New Jersey through his art.Â Maybin, a lifelong artist painting his way through successes and struggles, has made a selection of his paintings available for display throughout the two-week exhibit. Learn more ataaronmaybin.com.
The exhibit is running in line with New Jerseyâ€™s own arts initiative, intended to foster a festive atmosphere during Super Bowl week. A public art project will see 22 fiberglass footballs, one per player, resting on trees around the city of Newark â€“ a literal artistâ€™s Easter egg for hunters to search for.
Barsky Gallery will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales toÂ NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation, the initiative of the NY/NJ Superbowl Host committee that provides funding to the NY/NJ area after-school clubs and community centers. Those interested in attending the exhibit can find more information on theÂ official tourism siteÂ for New Jersey or at Barsky Galleryâ€™sÂ FacebookÂ page.